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1955

UGRD Engineering '55
Anthony Escover

A California native, Anthony J. Escover ’55 was not only a successful engineer but also an accomplished farmer. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory and received a mechanical engineering degree from SCU. He worked for FMC for well over 30 years and oversaw such projects as the Bradley Tank and the coal mining equipment division. His work took him around the world as his group developed improved processes for mining coal. Anthony was a true family man and very proud of his six children: Cathryn (Warshawsky) ’81, David (deceased) ’83, Lorraine (Otis), Janette (Johnson), Joan ’86, J.D. ’90, and Yvonne (O'Connor). He also had 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He instilled in them the value of hard work and the pride that comes from doing a job well. He will always be remembered for boating, camping, fishing, and hunting trips with his family.

While engineering was his livelihood, farming was his passion. He built a home on acreage surrounded by walnut trees as well as a green house, where he grew tomatoes hydroponically. He taught his children how to build things and grow fruits and vegetables. Upon retiring, he moved to Hollister, where he initially planted macadamia nut trees on his ranch. A severe freeze wiped out the crop, and he ultimately planted several varietals of grapes. He called his vineyard Idyll Time and wineries like Pessagno, Calera, and Leal turned his grapes into exceptional wines. Anthony passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Dec. 8, 2016. His children remember fondly his “truisms,” where he established his answers for everything. These sayings have been passed down from his children to his grandchildren and will forever be attached to so many memories. They were part of everything—from his daily life to the famous 4th of July parties and wonderful vacations with his children and grandchildren.

submitted Jul. 13, 2017 11:09A

1957

'57
Ritchie B. Davidson

Ritchie “Rich” Davidson ’57 was born in Santa Rosa. He was a 1953 graduate of Sac High and received his engineering degree from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. He served his country for two years in the U.S. Army in El Paso, Texas. Ritch had a 30-year career with Lockheed Missile and Space Co. in Sunnyvale and was a 20-year resident of Roseville, California. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Charlotte, his sons Scott of Tahoe City, California, and Greg of Los Angeles, and many much loved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

submitted Aug. 21, 2017 12:16P

1958

'58
Jerome “Jerry” Smith
Jerry with his statue of St. Ignatius

Jerome “Jerry” Albert Smith ’58, J.D. ’65 died peacefully at his home in Saratoga on Sunday, May 7, due to complications associated with prostate cancer. Jerry was born July 28, 1936, in San Jose. He is survived by his loving wife, Jane Decker, brother Albie, and his children with Kevil Smith, Tim (Mary Beth), Steve (MaryBeth), Peter (Sandy), and Maggie (Bobby), as well as grandchildren Katherine, Elizabeth, Michael, Matthew, Anthony, Francesca, Hannon, Emily, Taylor, Mason, Hanna, and Bo. Jerry’s beloved daughter, Caitlin (Pete), predeceased him as did his sister, Sheila.

Jerry was blessed to have shared in the lives of Jane’s children—Leslie (Chris), Mark (Nalin), and Brooke (Chuck)—as well as their beautiful children. Jerry also had many dear and loyal friends who embraced him with affection throughout his life. 

Jerry began his education at St. Patrick’s Parochial School in San Jose before attending Bellarmine College Preparatory (Go Bells!). He received both his B.S. in history and philosophy and J.D. from SCU. He later received his Master of Laws degree (1990) from the University of Virginia.

Jerry began practicing law in San Jose in 1966 with the Ruffo Law Firm. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy, Jerry entered politics and was elected to the Saratoga City Council in 1968. In 1972, he became the Mayor of Saratoga. In 1974, and again in 1978, Jerry was elected to represent the 12th Senatorial District in the California Legislature. His most notable legislation included the California Coastal Act that preserves the California coastline, the Victims of Crime Act that provides assistance to victims of violent crime, and the California Conservation Corps Act, which provides training and work opportunities for young people with an emphasis on conserving and enhancing natural resources. 

In 1979, Jerry was appointed associate justice to the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District in San Francisco, and served on the bench until his retirement in 1996. Thereafter, Jerry acted as a legal specialist for the American Bar Association and Eastern European Legal Institute, where he assisted the Constitution Court of Georgia in Tbilisi, Georgia, in establishing the formation of an independent and well-trained judiciary and bar association.

Upon his retirement from the bench, Jerry pursued his artistic talents, honing his skills as a sculptor at the San Jose State University foundry. His public artwork includes life-size sculptures of Father Bellarmine and St. Ignatius of Loyola at Bellarmine College Prep, a bust of architect Julia Morgan at the Saratoga Foothill Club, and the bronze relief honoring Latino day workers titled “Los Jornaleros.” Jerry’s last art piece, a sculpture of iconic Saratogans Willys and Betty Peck, is due to be installed in August 2017. 

A native son of the Santa Clara Valley, Jerry drew strength from his Catholic faith. He will be remembered for his intellect, humor, and passion for politics and the arts. But his legacy will be his loved ones, both family and friends, and the considerable impact he had on their lives. 

Contributions may be made to the Anne Hannon Smith Endowed Scholarship c/o Santa Clara University Law School, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053.

submitted Jun. 15, 2017 9:55A

1960

UGRD Leavey Business '60
David Ramm

David Ramm ’60 passed away on March 15, 2017 from mesothelioma. He was born in Seattle, Washington and moved to Hayward, California as a boy, graduating from Hayward High School after being awarded a four-year basketball scholarship to SCU. Following graduation, he began a 36-year career in Livermore, California teaching mostly middle and high school students, as well as coaching basketball, tennis, track, and flag football. He and his wife, Georgia, took many students on international tours—and as avid motorcyclists, toured the United States cross-country on their Harley. David served as president of the Livermore Education Association for three years prior to retiring to Lincoln Hills in Lincoln, California. He pursued hobbies like photography, ukulele, and birding, but his main interest was senior softball. Survivors include his wife and daughters Carla and Sherry.

submitted Mar. 28, 2017 8:42A

1961

GRD Law '61
Michael Briski

Michael Briski J.D. ’61 lived the American Dream. He was born in the coal town of Van Houten, New Mexico, in 1936 to George and Zella Briski. The family moved to Mountain View in the early 1940s when Michael’s father decided that the next mine cave-in might be his last. He attended Mountain View High School and went to UC Berkeley, earning his undergraduate degree in history. It was there that he met the love of his life, Kathryn Bell. They were married on Sept. 7, 1958, and settled in Santa Clara. Michael served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War at a base in Yuma, Arizona, where he ran military justice. After his discharge in 1963, he returned to California and practiced law in the Bay Area for 40 years. With his wife, Kathy, he raised a family in Los Altos, where their backyard held the remnants of several “old valley” apricot trees. In 2002, at the age of 66, Michael retired to Palm Springs, where he and his wife spent the next 13 years enjoying each other’s company. While retirement was great, Michael missed his grandchildren and wanted to enjoy their company. He moved back to Santa Clara in 2015 and enjoyed the next two years watching his grandchildren grow, play sports, celebrate birthdays, and enjoy life. A well-regarded lawyer, he helped many clients attain justice. Though he loved the law, it was his wife and their 58-year marriage that reflected his true love. Michael passed away on July 31, 2017, and will be missed by his family. He is survived by his wife and sister, Zada Hordin, along with his son Kael (53), daughter Mika, (47) daughter-in-law Kay (53), and grandchildren Annika (16), Matthew (15), and Emily (10). He is predeceased by his mother, Zella, and father, George, and dear granddaughter Alexis Joy Briski, who passed in May of 2009 of childhood cancer at 11 years old. 

submitted Aug. 15, 2017 12:29P
'61
Desmond T. Coffee

A man who loved and served God, Desmond T. Coffee ’61 was born in Visalia, California, to Earl J. and Genevieve Coffee. His California legacy stretched back many generations, as his family had been early settlers of Madeira, California. He achieved Eagle Scout and enjoyed attending one of the big Boy Scout Jamborees held at the Irvine Ranch, which later became the Town of Irvine, California. During high school, he was active in student government and established a dance band. He spent many happy times playing music on his saxophone and piano. He graduated from Tulare Union High School as valedictorian of the class of 1956. He entered seminary in Oceanside, California, and spent a year there before transferring to Santa Clara University. He graduated in 1961, just in time to start his Navy career in Pensacola, Florida. Between flight school and advanced flight training in Texas, he married Tiblene Peace in 1961 in San Jose. He continued his career with two tours in Vietnam, flying as NFO in The A3 Sky Warrior jet, which was the largest plane to land on a carrier. He enjoyed the privilege aboard the aircraft carrier, Coral Sea, which was welcomed to Australia for the commemoration of the Battle of the Coral Sea. He was selected to complete his master’s program at American University in international relations, which was followed by a teaching tour at the U.S. Naval Academy. He served the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon on a special task force directed by President Carter. He retired from his Navy career in 1982 and started a new career with Sanders, later BAE, where he worked as a business development manager. When he retired in 2001, his retirement brought him another career as a full-time volunteer. He loved skiing, and spent 11 years as a ski and kayak instructor for the handicap program NEHSA at Mt. Sunapee. Des’ other passion was volunteering for Care Givers; he served as president of the board and spent time as a driver. He wanted so much to help make it possible for the elderly to stay in their homes with assistance. Des left for heaven surrounded by his family at home Wednesday July 19, 2017. He was predeceased by his son, Gavin Coffee, and survived by his wife, Tibby of 55 years; sister Eloise McPeters of Rocklin, California; daughter in-law Heidi Coffee of Seattle, Washington; daughter Deslene and Rob Ackerly of Spokane, Washington; son Brett and Rana Coffee of Seattle, Washington; son Ian and Stefanie Coffee of Las Vegas, Nevada; daughter Alicia Coffee and partner Stacey Blodgett of Concord, New Hampshire; daughter Shannon and Brendon Collins of Melrose, Massachusetts; and 16 grandchildren. 

submitted Aug. 7, 2017 1:20P

1962

'62
Roy Schoepf

Roy Francis Schoepf II ’62 devoted his life to God through his Catholic faith, his family, and his community. A retired U.S. Coast Guard commander, he died on Aug. 17, 2017, and is survived by his loving wife, Diane, four children, and eight grandchildren. He was an amazing man and will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know him.

submitted Aug. 23, 2017 11:56A

1964

UGRD Engineering '64
Jack Macy

Jack Macy ’64 wasn’t long out of SCU when he was charged with helping to assure that in the event of a major earthquake, the Transbay Tube on the bottom of San Francisco Bay would not fail—and the BART cars wouldn’t hit the sides. When the Loma Prieta earthquake struck in 1989, he was living and working in Santa Rosa and elated that the tube withstood the shock. The engineer wrote years later, “It is still a good feeling to know that, even with our somewhat primitive tools and unproven theory, we had done the job right.”

Jack would study a client’s concept for a public works or development project and in little time size up what it would take to get it built. Over the course of his 40-year career, he contributed much to planning and development issues and projects throughout Sonoma County. Highlights included his role in plans for developing Windsor prior to its incorporation as a town in 1992, and the engineering he did for large-scale residential developments such as Lakewood Hills in Windsor, Country Club Estates in Petaluma, and the Parkside project in Santa Rosa. In contrast to the stereotypical view of an engineer, Jack also loved people and placed great emphasis on personal communication.

Born in San Mateo in 1942, he was attending Serra Catholic High School when he met the former Jacky Musetti. The two dated while Jack was a civil engineering student, marrying in 1964. Shortly after he earned his degree, Jack accepted a job and went to work on the plans for BART’s under-bay tunnel. He wrote in his biographical pamphlet that a few years later he and Jacky had two children and “were outgrowing our 900-square-foot starter home and found prices in San Mateo beyond our reach.” After searching the Bay Area for a job and an affordable home, he accepted a position as project engineer on a major water-system project for the city of Sebastopol. The family settled in Santa Rosa in 1968. Three years later, Jack moved to the Santa Rosa engineering firm of Mitchell and Heryford, later becoming a partner and ultimately the owner. In 1996, he and Carlile merged their firms to create Carlile Macy. Carlile said they made a good team. “I was slower, deliberate. He was quick to get an answer, so it was perfect.” Deeply involved in the community, Jack served on the advisory panel to the county General Plan and on the Santa Rosa Design Review Board and the county Transportation Authority Citizens’ Advisory Committee. He was active with the Prince Memorial Greenway Project, Sonoma County Citizens for Traffic Relief, North Coast Builders Exchange, Sonoma County Alliance, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Catholic Charities, the Lions Club, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, and other organizations.

After he and Carlile sold their business and retired in 2004, Jack dedicated more time to traveling with Jacky in their recreational vehicle, enjoying his children and grandchildren and expanding his garden railroad. He said once, “My greatest pride in life is our family. If I am only remembered as a good engineer, I have done a poor job in the other areas of my life.” Jack, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer only four months ago, died Aug. 2. He was 75. In addition to his wife in Santa Rosa and his daughter in Orange County, he is survived by daughter Michelle Lenney of Windsor, son Greg Macy of Santa Rosa, sister Cathy Macy of Sonoma, and by eight grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

submitted Aug. 15, 2017 12:00P
GRD Leavey/MBA '64
J. Paul Heinzinger

J. Paul Heinzinger MBA ’64 was many things: friend, husband, father, papa, brother, teacher, carpenter/mechanic, engineer, manager—and always quick to lend a hand. Paul was a devout Catholic. He showed how to be a Christian by living the Gospels through his acts of kindness, putting others before himself, doing the right thing even when hard, and showing care even in simple day-to-day situations. He was happiest when with family or serving others. Born in Seattle on Dec. 11, 1924, to John Paul and Nina Heinzinger, he graduated from O’Dea High School and immediately went to serve in World War II, first at Pan Am and then in the U.S. Navy as an aviation radioman. He later earned an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Seattle University in 1954, a master’s in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1956, and a master’s in business administration from Santa Clara University in 1964. Paul worked for Pitney Bowes, Lockheed, ITT Berack Electronics, and Ford/Loral Aerospace. In 1957, he married Mary Lou Ryan, and together they raised four children. Paul was a dedicated father who always made his family the priority; he sacrificed career opportunities and recreational activities for his wife and children. He never tried to force his children to live his dreams but supported them to explore their own dreams. His love, guidance, and support gave them the confidence and courage to take their own paths in life. He loved being involved with his children, Boy Scouts, Catechism, sailing, flea markets, riding bikes, and completing projects. Paul was an accomplished amateur radio operator, sailor, wood worker, and handyman. Paul and Mary Lou lived in California until their retirement to Marrowstone Island in 1990. During retirement, he greatly enjoyed finishing their home, having coffee with the men, square dancing with Mary Lou, having family and friends visit their Island home, and being an active part of his grandchildren’s lives. He was always sharing his talents and helping others by volunteering for United Neighbors, ECHHO, local organizations, and numerous Marrowstone Island groups, as well as always being ready to help a friend with a project. In 2011, Paul and Mary Lou moved to Spokane, Washington. He passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side on June 18, 2017. In addition to Mary Lou, his wife of 59 years, Paul is survived by his son Mark (Kathleen) of Modesto, California; Greg (Kerstin and grandchildren Cassandra and Talia) of Del Mar, California; Nina (Dave and grandchildren Miriam, Peter, and Matthew) of Helena, Montana; and Rita (Jim and grandchildren Cooper, Becca, and Hunter) of Spokane, Washington. He is also survived by his sister-in-laws Gladys Heinzinger of Marrowstone Island, Jean Oxley of Laramie, Wyoming, and Marjory Ryan of Cheyenne, Wyoming, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Paul is preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Ruth and Mabel, and his brothers Grant, Lee, and David. 

submitted Aug. 7, 2017 12:55P

1965

GRD Law '65
Jerome “Jerry” Smith
see year 1958

1967

UGRD Leavey Business '67
Patricia Fierro

Patricia Blake Fierro ’67 was born Nov. 8, 1934, in Santa Clara to Frank J. and Alice Roscoe Blake. Her father, a graduate of Harvard Law School, practiced law in San Francisco. He later joined his brother, Leslie, as co-publisher of the Santa Clara Journal. As the youngest of five siblings, “Patty” was the beloved baby of the family. Brothers Robert, Frank, and Tommy and sister Mary Alice preceded her in death. Patricia married Arthur Fierro in San Jose in 1953. They had three children: John, Carole, and Scott. Later, she and Art would divorce. While raising her three children, she graduated from SCU. Patty began working for Santa Clara County in 1968 as an accountant for the County Parks and Recreation Department. In the early 70s, she transferred to Valley Medical Center, where she served as assistant personnel officer and employee relations representative. She was appointed deputy county executive for employee relations in 1980 at the age of 46. Her promotion made her one of the highest-ranking women in county government. In 1987, she was named Woman of Achievement in Government and Politics in Santa Clara. That same year, she attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Pat retired in October 1992 after 24 years of service to Santa Clara County and the State of California. She left her career in public service well-respected and distinguished. She moved to Bigfork, Montana, to be close to her family. Patty loved her life in Montana and rarely missed one of the grandkid’s football, basketball, volleyball, or tennis games. She was well known and adored as “Grandma Pat” by almost everyone who knew her. She valued education and was a member of the Bigfork School Board from 1997 to 2006. She also loved golf, watching the latest television series and movies, was an avid reader, and loved politics. On June 13, Patty passed away at her home in Bigfork. She leaves with each of us her unconditional love, value of family, generosity, kindness, and wisdom, which will be carried on for generations to come. Surviving Pat are her son, John Fierro and wife Stacey of Sacramento, daughter Carole and husband Larry Hill of Bigfork, and son Scott Fierro and wife Doe of Bigfork; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

submitted Jul. 10, 2017 11:46A

1968

'68
William Satariano

William Anthony “Bill” Satariano ’68, a revered and beloved professor of public health at UC Berkeley, whose work helped aging people lead healthier lives, died on May 28. He was 70. Bill enjoyed a distinguished career of nearly 30 years at Berkeley studying aging, cancer rehabilitation, the effects of the environment on health, and the benefits of physical activity for older people. He authored two books and more than 100 academic papers. He was a Fulbright scholar, held the university’s endowed chair of geriatrics, and was principal investigator for research projects with the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and American Cancer Society. He won awards for his teaching and took pride in the success of his students. Born Dec. 12, 1946, to Anthony and Mary Satariano, Bill grew up in San Jose. Early on, Bill demonstrated a passion for learning. During long study sessions alone in his room, his aunts pleaded with him to come join the family because “your head is going to explode.” He was the first in his family to attend college at SCU, earning a degree in sociology. He credits the late Witold Krassowsky, the first sociologist at SCU and founder of the department, for spawning his career in sociology and public health. He went on to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he earned a doctorate. At Purdue, Bill met Enid Reichard, who had an office down the hall. They married in 1972 and had two children, Erin and Adam. Bill’s career took the family to New York, where he taught at Alfred University, and then to Berkeley for two postgraduate degrees. The family spent 10 years in Detroit, Michigan, where Bill served as a deputy director at the Michigan Cancer Foundation and the family developed many lifelong friendships. Bill was lured back to UC Berkeley in 1989 to join the faculty in the School of Public Health. He was a strong proponent of “aging in place,” designing walkable communities that better integrate older populations. Bill embraced technology and with colleagues developed techniques to use mobile devices, not only to help older people be more physically active, but to empower them to conduct their own assessments of neighborhood walkability and identify risks that could then be rectified. “His life’s work led to an immeasurable number of older people living healthier, happier, and longer lives,” the university said in a statement. Bill was a dedicated and inspiring teacher. He codirected the concurrent masters program in public health and city planning and directed the hugely popular undergraduate major in public health, ranked the top program in the country. According to colleagues, Bill was always the first to volunteer for challenging assignments. He transformed a traditional community health lecture course to a highly interactive class in which students, working in teams, got hands-on experience planning for public health emergencies. The course attracted ever-increasing enrollments and earned Bill a prestigious university award for innovation in teaching. For all of Bill’s professional accomplishments, he considered family his greatest achievement. Bill and Enid shared a love for bookstores, movies, theater, and the arts. They travelled widely, with trips to Europe and Australia, regular hikes at Gold Lake, and a final visit to London together last year. Bill, known for his quick wit and self-effacing humor, eagerly shared stories of his children and grandchildren, whose activities brought him tremendous joy. He had an easy and laugh-filled relationship with his children, and he took great interest in all their pursuits. His family will forever miss his unwavering love. Bill died surrounded by family at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, California, from an infection and kidney failure. He is survived by his wife, Enid, and two children, Erin Schwass (Ken) ’95 of Chicago and Adam Satariano (Nickie) of London, England; sisters Marilynn Wacker (John) and Patricia Tallerico (Frank); brothers-in-law Claude Reichard (Susanna) and Eric Reichard (Pamela); grandchildren George and Nate Schwass and Leo and Kai Satariano; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

submitted Jun. 22, 2017 12:03P
'68
Robert J. Fatica

Generous, deeply loving, and entirely a “Visalian” at heart, Robert John Fatica ’68 (aka R.J. Bobo, Bob, and Bobby)was born on Jan. 17, 1946, in Visalia, California, to John and Dorothy Fatica. He was a bright tornado of light who shined, and Mama Fatica said when Bob would come home he was a tornado on stage, eating, cajoling and entertaining… then he was gone. He attended George McCann School, graduated from Redwood High School, attended College of the Sequoia’s, and continued on to receive a degree in accounting at Santa Clara. Bob was a self-employed CPA for 45 years. As a CPA, he was a genius and designed his office to work around his clients in every one of his offices. He was clever that way and wanted every client to have the fullest experience. Although proud of “good works,” Bob did not require accolades. Throughout his life, as early as high school, he just did what was on his heart. If one was fortunate to be at the right place and time, “Bobby” would buy sets of tires, finance nursing school for someone who rescued him and his friends off the 99, or pay for not one but two young people to have eye surgery. Bob served as board president for the Visalia Rescue Mission for three years during its time of transition into what it is today. He also served on numerous boards and anonymously helped many organizations and individuals, including securing the acquisition of the Fox Theatre, known today as Friends of the Fox. Bob married his best friend and love, Susan, whom he considered the yin to his yang and teeter to his totter. Mama Fatica once told Bob that he had met his match in Susan. Together, they conquered their huge mountain of life. Travel, music, sharing, caring, kids, grandkids, family, fun, tears, joy, sadness, spontaneity, distractibility—Bob was the real bigger-than-life deal. Bobby entered the gates of heaven on July 5, 2017, in Visalia at the age of 71. His final days were spent surrounded by family and close friends that he’d touched throughout his very memorable and huge life. Bob is survived by his wife, Susan; children Ryan Fatica and wife Monica and James Mazzotta and wife Yvonne; grandsons Jeremy, Zachary, Cameron, Gianno, Nico, and Corrado; sister Dorothy Del Col and husband Aldo; niece Christina and husband Jake; nephew David Del Col; great-niece and nephews Shyla, Jacob, and Jackson; and many more extended family members.

submitted Jul. 24, 2017 2:51P
GRD Engineering '68
John Hinds

John A. Hinds M.S. ’68 was born on July 1, 1936, in La Jolla, California, to parents Joseph and Enid Hinds. He graduated from La Jolla High School, Pomona College, and SCU. He was commissioned in the U.S. Navy and served in the naval reactors program. His subsequent work in the nuclear power, international construction, telecommunications, international marketing and sales, and general international management took him around the world for over 30 years. In these capacities, he became a vice president of General Electric, president of AT&T International, and executive vice president of Verifone. He also served three years as the president of the International Standards Organization (ISO) based in Geneva. He was a member of golf clubs in New Jersey, Oregon, and Ironwood in Palm Desert, California. John was also an avid fly fisherman, an occasional upland bird hunter, and enjoyed the study and tasting of fine wines. He and his wife enjoyed extensive international travel, with Italy being a favorite destination. They enjoyed homes in New Canaan, Connecticut; Lake Oswego, Oregon; Bernardsville, New Jersey; Palm Desert; San Jose; and San Francisco; among other locations. John passed away on May 2, 2017 surrounded by family. Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Carol L. Hinds, his much loved daughters, Tracy Connelly (Ben) and Kelly Michelsen (Chris), his brothers, David and Martin, his sister, Sara, and five grandchildren. 

submitted Aug. 7, 2017 2:39P

1969

'69
Maryanne Dengler

Maryanne Nilmeier Dengler ’69 lived a full life with family, friends, and career, enjoying gardening, flower arranging and singing soprano in choir. Her life ended Dec. 5, 2015, when she died peacefully at home after a 4-year struggle with brain cancer. The disease robbed her of her ability to move or speak toward the end of her cancer journey, so her death was a release from suffering and being trapped in her body.

submitted Jul. 24, 2017 2:40P
GRD Law '69
Bruce Foulds Stewart

Bruce Foulds Stewart J.D. ’69 was born in Detroit, Michigan. He received an MBA from the University of Southern California in 1958. Bruce worked at Lockheed Missile & Space until he graduated from SCU. He was a sole practitioner in Palo Alto until 1976, when he moved to Sacramento and worked as general counsel for Sacramento Savings & Loan. He later served as general counsel for several large commercial real estate developers until his retirement. He was an active member of the Folsom Rotary Club, an avid gardener, and enjoyed boating. Bruce died on June 1. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and children Lori Orr, Grant, and James Stewart.

submitted Jun. 10, 2017 3:41P

1970

GRD Engineering '70
Paul Luper

Paul Luper M.S. ’70 was born in Houston, Texas, but raised in California. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona College and received his master’s in electrical engineering. Paul had an illustrious 40-year career with IBM. He also held management positions at Memorex of California and Atlas Electronics of Malaysia. Other accomplishments include service to the community as a board member of Caritas. He was an Elder, business owner, and mentor, and he received many outstanding citations from IBM. He married the love of his life, Berna, in 1986. Paul was a devoted family man and a loving father and well respected in the community. He moved to Austin, Texas, in 1990 and made his life there for the past 27 years. He was a faithful friend and a trusted confidant, compassionate, and sought to put the needs of others before his own. He was also kind and soft-spoken, with a peaceful spirit and temperament. His contagious smile brought joy to the room. At the age of 77, Paul went home to be with the Lord on July 25, 2017. His newest assignment in heaven comes with the promise that his youth and strength will be renewed like the eagles and that he will be reunited with family and friends he has not seen in a long time. He will be dearly missed by those he loved who celebrate the fact that he is in the presence of Jesus now and forever. Paul is survived by his wife, Berna; his sons Erik, Jemal, and Justin; his daughter, Amanii; his grandchildren, Christian, Myesha, Brianna, Kiah, Jordan, Jahquila, Irie, and Azari; his sisters, Judi and Jane; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his brother, William, and his parents, George and Berniece.

submitted Aug. 7, 2017 2:34P
UGRD Leavey Business '70
H. Ogden Lilly

Howard Ogden Lilly ’70, MBA ’73 entered into rest on May 14, 2017. A resident of San Jose, he was born Aug. 1, 1948, in Davis, California. Ogden graduated from SCU in 1970 and was a CPA for 47 years at Boitano, Sargent, & Lilly. He enjoyed watching the San Francisco Giants and especially enjoyed his sons’ athletic events. He was the unofficial photographer of his extended family, the Ravizza’s. Ogden is survived by his wife, Rose, and sons Oggie (Marianne and grandson Bennett) and Aaron (Nicole). In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hoover Middle School PTSA/Athletic Program, 1635 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95126; or Lincoln High School Foundation, 555 Dana Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126.

submitted Jun. 15, 2017 9:51A
UGRD Engineering '70
Gerald Henry Quilici

Gerald Henry Quilici ’70 was born at Palo Alto Hospital on June 29, 1948, to Henry and Bruna Quilici. He spent his childhood years in Mountain View, attending St. Joseph’s Catholic School and St. Francis High School. He graduated from SCU with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Jerry became a registered civil engineer and worked for the County of Santa Clara, primarily in the Land Development Engineering Department, for 34 years. Following his retirement in 2004, he changed careers and worked as a tax preparer for McFarlane, Cazale & Associates and for Petersen & Associates. Jerry met his wife, Louanne Bergna, while she was working in the County Planning Department, and they married at Mission Santa Clara in 1979. Jerry was active in dog training and obedience trials for over 20 years and was a member of the Standard Schnauzer Club of Northern California. He enjoyed playing softball and golf and was an avid follower of the SF Giants, SF 49ers, and Golden State Warriors. He and Louanne enjoyed traveling—and whenever they were in a city with an MLB team, they would take in a game, sometimes even touring the ballpark. Jerry was able to go to spring training in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2016. Jerry was happiest when he was with his family and friends, drinking a Manhattan. Jerry passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 7. After successfully battling brain cancer (CNS Lymphoma) three times since 2011, Jerry succumbed to complications of pneumonia. He remained a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather through the end. Jerry is survived by Louanne Quilici, his loving wife of 37 years; daughters Lauren Quilici (Travis Hinkle) and Tessa (Justin) Parks; grandsons “JJ” Parks and Conrad Hinkle; mother Bruna Quilici; and sister Judy (Steve) Ehrat. He is predeceased by his father, Henry Joseph Quilici.  

submitted Jul. 13, 2017 12:13P
'70
C. Alan Parbury

C. Alan Parbury ’70 was born on Aug. 13, 1947, in San Jose, the only child of the late Charles Byron and Ethel Noakes Parbury. He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory and graduated with a B.S. from SCU. After graduation, he pursued careers in the financial and real estate investments markets in addition to sales. Sports were his passion, with baseball and golf being his favorites. After a hand injury ended his pitching career, he turned to golf. He won local championships and became a scratch handicap player. He served two terms as chairman of the board of governors at Crow Canyon Country Club—also serving on the greens, tournament, and handicap committees. He was a NCGA rules official for local tournaments and volunteered on committees for the PGA and LPGA. In 1992, he received an appreciation certificate from the U.S. Open Championship for his dedication and volunteerism. He passed away on June 15 at ManorCare Health Services in Walnut Creek at the age of 69. He is survived by Shirley A. Buxkemper, daughter Cynthia Parbury, stepdaughter Jamey Moore, wife Carole, and their son, Rowan.

submitted Jul. 5, 2017 2:59P

1971

UGRD Engineering '71
Michael Emery

Michael George Emery ’71 was born to George and Marjorie Emery on Nov. 18, 1949, in Poughkeepsie, New York, migrating to Los Gatos in the 1957. He attended St. Mary’s School, St. Francis High School, and SCU. Michael was passionate about radio. He was an FCC-licensed engineer and in 1972 was one of the co-founders of KKUP 91.5FM community radio, which still serves the South Bay today. Michael was also an original volunteer with the Los Gatos Disaster Aid Response Team, where he spent many years supporting the community—including during the Loma Prieta earthquake. He retired from IBM after 15 years of service. Michael passed away on June 28 after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Sue; four sisters: Lisa Patten, Ellen High, Megan, and Jennifer Emery; stepsons Dwight and Michael Cornwell; and several nieces and nephews.

submitted Jul. 10, 2017 11:39A
GRD Leavey/MBA '71
Jack Watkins

Jack Watkins MBA ’71 was born in Newton, Iowa, on May 18, 1929—the only child of John Earl and Eva Lorena (Franz) Watkins—and grew up in the Midwest. He received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska, an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from Santa Clara. Jack served on active duty in the Navy for three years. While stationed in Japan, he met his wife, Alice, who was a Navy nurse. He participated in the Naval Reserve for over 26 years, retiring as a captain in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps. Jack and Alice married on Nov. 27, 1957. Their first home was in Glendale, California, where they welcomed their first daughter, Diane, in September of 1958. They quickly added to that when Debbi was born in 1960, Donna and Doug (who passed away at 11 months from Down Syndrome) in 1961, and Linda in 1963. They had a wonderful marriage and set a great example for their daughters, who each have celebrated over 25 years of marriage. Jack spent 40 years as a professional engineer, retiring in 1994 as a vice president for Montgomery Watson Consulting Engineers. He was involved with major water quality and treatment projects in the Western United States and Canada. He served on many professional engineering organizations in California, Oregon, and Washington. Jack was appointed to the State of Washington Water Supply Advisor Committee and served on that committee for many years. In addition to his engineering career, he was involved in many community activities, serving as co-chairman of the committee for funding the new Clover Park High School as well as a trustee for Pierce College for 10 years. Jack was a member of the Tacoma Sunrise Rotary Club for many years, including a year as president. He became a Christian in 1955 while stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, where he and Alice were active in missionary outreach in Japan for over 30 years. He spent much of his adult life working with youth, young adults, and young married couples in several churches in California and Washington. He loved to travel, and he and Alice were able to visit many parts of the world. Jack also loved spending time with his grandchildren whenever he had a chance. Jack is survived by his wife, Alice; daughters Diane (Mark Hartenstine) and Deborah (Brian Harper); and Brian Goff and Linda and Rob Moynan; grandchildren Jessica, Stephen, Nathan, Michael, Amanda, Brett, Shannon, Leanne, John, James, and Matthew; and two great-granddaughters, Mayah and Addilynn, all whom he loved with his whole heart.

submitted Jun. 22, 2017 11:59A
GRD Law '71
Barbara Nicoara

Barbara Lucy Nicoara J.D. ’71 was born on Aug. 3, 1935, in Detroit, Michigan, and married John Nicoara in 1956 during her senior year at the University of Michigan. They welcomed her first child, Joe, in 1957. John’s career took their young family to San Diego, California, Denver, Colorado, and finally to his job at Lockheed in Sunnyvale in 1962. By 1964, the family had grown with the arrival of James, Peter, and Anne Marie.

Barbara graduated from SCU with a law degree by attending night classes while raising her four children as a single parent. She practiced family and criminal law and gained valuable political experience while running political campaigns in San Jose. She inevitably came to the attention of California Assemblywoman Leona Egland and was hired to run Leona’s San Jose office. Eventually, the County of Santa Clara hired Barbara to work in labor relations and negotiating labor contracts. She retired in 1985 and began a private consulting business.

In 1975, Barbara found a kindred spirit in George Lewis, who shared her love of civic engagement. Their first date was to a very romantic SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association!) event. George and Barbara were married in 1977, bringing George’s two sons, David and Tim, into the fold. While George was employed at MH Engineering in Hollister, he and Barbara purchased 40 pristine acres in Paicines, California, and for a time lived on the property in a trailer with their two dogs and cat while they built their home.

Living in the country did nothing to deter Barbara’s community involvement. She joined the Methodist Church and remained an active, contributing member for the rest of her life. She also was an active member of Chadeish Yameinu, a Jewish Renewal Community in Santa Cruz. In 1986 she was appointed to the San Benito County Arts Commission and became a founding member of the San Benito Oriana Chorale, an organization that still thrives. Over the course of her long and industrious community involvement, Barbara served on the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation board and spearheaded its Northside Challenge Campaign, raising $762,000. She also served on the seniors’ council for Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties and the diabetes collaborative. In conjunction with her work on the collaborative, Barbara began “Fit for Kids,” a yoga program designed to promote exercise and good nutrition at Calaveras and R.O. Hardin elementary schools, which continues to serve hundreds of kids each year. She helped form a singing group, The Old Time Religion Singers, who for years performed monthly at county convalescent and retirement homes. In addition, she campaigned for walkability improvements in new commercial developments in Hollister.

In 2006, the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce awarded Barbara “Woman of the Year.” She had a fierce and omnivorous intellect, was courageous, and could disagree with someone without being disagreeable. She loved books, music, and trailer camping with George and their dogs. She was a loyal and steadfast friend and a beacon of hope and resolve to those lucky enough to have known her. After a long and meaningful life, Barbara died on June 14 at her home in Hollister. She is survived by her husband, George, their six children, 12 grandchildren, and a sister, Elizabeth Hackett, of Detroit Michigan.

submitted Jul. 13, 2017 3:22P

1972

'72
Linda Escobar

Linda (Irwin) Escobar ’72 passed away peacefully in her Roseville, California, home on May 18, 2017. She was born Feb. 10, 1950, in San Antonio, Texas, to Art and Phyllis Irwin. The family soon moved to Athens, Illinois, which is where she spent most of her childhood. When Linda started high school, her father, being in the Air Force, was relocated to Hawaii, which is where she spent the next four years of her life, along with sisters Judith, Barbara, and Mary and brother John. Eventually, her family came back to settle in Novato, California. After graduating with a psychology degree from SCU, Linda soon married the love of her life and best friend, Kenneth Escobar. Linda and Ken were married for nearly 45 years and spent 44 years in Santa Rosa, which is where they raised children Adam, Tim, and Donna before moving to Roseville this past August. For Linda, her children were her life and she made it clear to them how much she loved them and that she would do anything for them. During her time in Santa Rosa, Linda devoted her life to helping people. She worked as a counselor, both through her independent practice with couples and families as well as at St. Eugene’s School for more than 25 years. She loved working with the staff and the children at the school and empowering them with the knowledge and skills needed to solve problems and build and maintain friendships. Linda also coauthored the book Positive Discipline: A Teacher’s A–Z Guide, once again helping teachers and children overcome challenging behaviors at school. Linda was everyone’s “person”—she was the person everyone could count on to listen to them and to help them through a problem or situation. She was selfless in every sense of the word. She would drop everything that was on her full plate to help and she wasn’t happy or at peace unless those around her were happy. Linda knew just how to make each person she met feel like the most important person in her life. She had a special way of connecting with the people around her. Lots of things brought Linda joy in her life. She loved to sing and was very talented with the sewing machine. She also loved reading, painting, and being outside in the garden. She spent a large part of her life in the stands at countless baseball games cheering for her children and grandchildren. After Linda’s children were married and she became a mother-in-law to Jaime, Carolyn, and Kyle, nothing brought more joy to her life than welcoming her 10 grandchildren into the world: Madison, Mason, Marley, Maggie, Tianna, Brenden, Logan, Dylan, Drew, and Grace. Her grandchildren lit up her life and she found a way to make each and every one of them feel so very special and loved. Linda was a very involved Grammie and loved playing cards and solving puzzles with her grandkids. They would read books, sing songs, cook, sew, and do crafts together. Linda made sure that each grandchild had special one-on-one time with her to create lasting memories with Grammie. Linda has had an incredible influence on the lives of so many people. She will be greatly missed and is sure to live on in the hearts of all she has touched. Services will be held on Sunday, June 25, 4 p.m., at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Petaluma. Reception following at Petaluma Community Center, Lucchesi Park. If you would like to make a donation in Linda’s memory, please do so to either the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance or The Muscular Dystrophy Association.

submitted Jun. 15, 2017 9:52A
'72
Karen M. Stabeno

Karen Mullings Stabeno M.A. ’72 was born May 9, 1945, the day after the Allies declared WWII victory in Europe. Her parents, Maurice and Katey Mullings, were both extraordinary people. Her sister, Peggy Mullings Ruff, was born five years later. Karen grew up in Garland, Texas, and graduated from Garland High School. She met her husband, Don, in study hall her junior year in high school. They were married on Aug. 6, 1965. Karen graduated with a degree in English from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1966 and completed her master’s at SCU in 1971. Karen and Don moved to San Jose in 1968, but returned to the Dallas area in 1971. She taught at Garland High School and Union School in San Jose, but later took a “20-year sabbatical” to raise her children. It was time well spent. In 1995 she reentered the workforce as a professor at DeVry in Irving, Texas. Karen loved her years as a teacher and was a wonderful model to her students at all levels she taught.

Karen gave birth to her first child, Amy Kathleen Stabeno Houghtaling, on Dec. 19, 1975. Her son, Andrew Lee Stabeno, was born on Jan. 16, 1980. She loved her children unconditionally with a joy and passion that never waned. Karen grew up in church her whole life, but truly came to know the Lord on a Sunday morning after hearing Angel Martinez, an evangelist, clearly share the story of the gospel at Orchard Hills Baptist Church in 1971. Karen and Don were active members of Forest Meadow Baptist Church and Scofield Memorial Church in Dallas. As they transitioned to living full time at their Lake House at Texoma, they became more and more active at Georgetown Baptist Church in Pottsboro.

Karen taught children’s church for her children at Forest Meadow Baptist Church and even volunteered at Georgetown Baptist Church the Tuesday of its Vacation Bible School, three weeks before she died. A true lover of the stories of God, she read missionary stories to her children growing up. Although this was probably not her intention, God used these stories to spark a passion in them for the gospel that has led both overseas to share His story. Being a Camp Fire girl as a child in a group led by her own mother, Karen also led Camp Fire groups for her daughter, Amy. She was a second mother to several of her children’s friends growing up, and loved them all well. Karen’s son, Andrew, was married to Carrie Conner on Dec. 18, 2004. They have five children: Nathaniel, Jacob, Abigail, Ezra, and Eden. Karen's daughter Amy married Michael Houghtaling on Aug. 10, 2014. Karen passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family shortly after midnight on June 27. Blessed with good health her entire life, she was diagnosed with cancer on June 13 and Jesus took her home two weeks later. Her passing was virtually pain-free. She was sad to leave us all so soon but very excited about being present with the Lord. Karen is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. She leaves behind her husband, Henry Don Stabeno; her daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Michael Houghtaling; her son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Carrie Stabeno; her five grandchildren: Nathaniel, Jacob, Abigail, Ezra, and Eden; her sister and brother-in-law, Mike and Peggy Ruff; her niece, Lacey Ruff Zuhoski; and a host of friends and family who will miss her greatly.

submitted Jul. 10, 2017 12:27P
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